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Blog 1611 Java Indonesia

Mauricio F. Corridan sees the world through his camera lens

In a time where the number of followers on your Social Media channels are the new quality standard, Mauricio Fuentes Corridan is creating a refreshing alternative.

Even though he can count almost 42k peo­ple on his Insta­gram feed, his pho­tographs set the bar high every time. His clean aes­thet­ic, beau­ti­ful loca­tions and weird­ly pos­ing mod­els invite his fol­low­ers into a world of cre­ativ­i­ty and most of all, real exper­tise. He knows what he’s doing. He has trained his craft and gen­uine eye at Berlin’s renowned uni­ver­si­ty for pho­tog­ra­phy: BTK and he works for one of the city’s best venues for con­tem­po­rary art, C/O.

Before that the thir­ty-year-old with Span­ish and Irish roots stud­ied adver­tis­ing and pub­lic rela­tions in Sala­man­ca, Spain. With this com­bi­na­tion of skills Mauri­cio is an artist who knows how to mar­ket him­self. In between his already busy sched­ule Mauri­cio trav­els the world, most of the time with his pho­tog­ra­ph­er girl­friend Olja Ryzevs­ki. We had the plea­sure to chat with this tal­ent­ed man about his must-see places, the con­cept of beau­ty and his future projects.

When and how did you real­ize you want­ed to become a pho­tog­ra­ph­er?
I had always enjoyed look­ing at beau­ti­ful imagery and watch­ing nature and wildlife doc­u­men­taries, but I had nev­er actu­al­ly thought about becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er. A few years ago, I decid­ed to find a new and more cre­ative path. I’m cur­rent­ly about to fin­ish my BA in Pho­tog­ra­phy in Berlin.

What impact did that choice have on your life?
A huge impact. Study­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy has changed my life com­plete­ly. Before these stud­ies, I had stud­ied Adver­tis­ing and PR and had worked in many dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies in Spain, Switzer­land and Ger­many doing many dif­fer­ent things. Now my life is all about pho­tog­ra­phy and I real­ly couldn’t be happier.

Does cre­ativ­i­ty run through your fam­i­ly, or is the urge to cre­ate some­thing that grew in you inde­pen­dent­ly?
In my fam­i­ly there aren’t any pho­tog­ra­phers or artists, but I think my broth­er and sis­ter are very cre­ative in their own fields.

How do you define beau­ty?
Beau­ty is a very broad word and is inter­pret­ed very dif­fer­ent­ly by all of us. Beau­ty is in all things. As the famous quote says: Beau­ty is in the eye of the beholder.”

And how do you trans­late that def­i­n­i­tion to your work?
Like I said, I think beau­ty can be found in every­thing, and there­fore in all dif­fer­ent fields in pho­tog­ra­phy. I don’t stick to just one genre and I find beau­ty in all of them.

How do you know you’ve found the per­fect motive/​setting/​location?
Some­how I just know. I can feel it. It’s nor­mal­ly a com­bi­na­tion of all of them.

What word describes your pho­tographs the best?
In my most recent cri­tiques at Uni­ver­si­ty, my work has been described as aes­thet­ic and sensitive.

In which sit­u­a­tions do you enjoy tak­ing pic­tures the most?
When I trav­el. I need to see new things to be able to feel tru­ly inspired.

Your girl­friend seems to be always by your side, what role does she play in your cre­ative process?
A very impor­tant role. We trav­el togeth­er, work togeth­er and inspire each other.

You trav­el a lot – how do you choose the places you want to go?
Some­times we vis­it places we both real­ly want to vis­it, but most of the time it hap­pens in a much more spon­ta­neous way.

Which place has had the biggest impact on you this year and why?
There are two real­ly amaz­ing places I vis­it­ed this year. One of them was the Grand Canyon Nation­al Park in Ari­zona the sec­ond one is Java Island in Indone­sia. Both places are just incred­i­ble and I would high­ly rec­om­mend both.

What/​who would you like to pho­to­graph in future?
No one and noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar. I hope to con­tin­ue trav­el­ling the world and get­ting inspi­ra­tion from all the peo­ple and things I encounter on the way.

Make sure to fol­low Mauri­cio on Insta­gram and Flickr.

08 Nov 2016 · neubau eyewear